Microsoft is no longer selling any versions of its desktop operating systems to computer manufacturers except for Windows 10 – so if you want a PC which is pre-installed with Windows 7/8.1, you’ll have to move fast, and find some existing models on sale. Because there won’t be any new machines coming onto the market.
This has been coming a long time, in fact, it was a year ago when Microsoft announced that it would no longer be supplying Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Professional to OEMs (computer makers) as of the end of October 2016, which rolled around on Monday.
(Note that Microsoft kept Windows 7 Pro available due to all the hatred aimed at Windows 8 – other versions of Windows 7 were actually curtailed way back in October 2014).
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While stocks last
At any rate, as mentioned the upshot is that there will still be some remaining stock of PCs which have Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8.1 on sale right now, but as these are bought and disappear, so will your chance to purchase a machine which doesn’t run Windows 10.
That’s obviously worth bearing in mind for those opposed to Microsoft’s newest OS for whatever reason (for example, a common one is privacy concerns, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation claiming the software giant “blatantly disregarded” user choice and privacy).
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